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A Wolf Called Wander

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The wolf star, brightest of all in the summer sky, shines over my home ground. I know every hidden lake and rocky ridge, but if my pack is not in the mountains, then it is no home to me. I feel a howl deep inside, but dare not let it out.

Swift lives with his pack in the mountains, until one day his home and family are lost. Alone and starving, Swift must make a choice: st
Paperback, 176 pages
Expected publication: May 2nd 2019 by Andersen
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Celia McMahon
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A huge thank you to Edelweiss and Andersen for a chance to review this book ahead of its release date.

In this heartfelt and stunning story, we find ourselves seeing life through the eyes of a wolf named Swift. Even as a pup, Swift was as determined as ever to find a place within his pack. Until one day, their pack is attacked by outsides and displaced. Swift finds himself alone. Without the proper tools to survive, he eats small rodents and insects to stay alive. After he's injured, Swift is vi
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
*NOTE: I read a bound galley for this, so there may be changes and I can't comment on the artwork, as it was not included (sadly).*

I am a wolf-lover. Have been for years. I feel like they've been unfairly demonized for so many years, and that they have a valuable place in our ecosystem - other than to be classified as "vermin" or "pests" or "evil". Of course, that means I'm somewhat familiar with OR-7 (otherwise known as Journey), the wolf that the book is based off of. So...I was curious. Curio
Anna Taylor
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Warning: if Bambi made you cry then just be prepared for some fluffy wolves joining in the circle of life. Totally well done, accessible vocabulary, and illustrations throughout make me want to give this to a third grader who wants adventure and to have FEELS.
Ms. Yingling
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Swift lives near the mountains with his pack; father, mother, and several siblings, including Warm, the smallest and most fragile. They hunt, snuggle in their den, and hunt small animals. When the pack is attacked by another pack, Swift is badly injured and separated from his family. He barely survives, and travels to try to locate his loved ones. His only companion is a raven, with whom he shares some food. This gives him comfort, but a wolf alone is not a happy one. At
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh gosh, I loved this one, and gobbled it up in one sitting. I won an ARC from HarperCollins through Goodreads giveaways, and I so appreciated the chance to read this awesome story.

I have followed the journey of OR-7, the actual wolf who traveled such a long distance through Oregon and Northern California and back to Oregon again. And being a nature and animal lover, I so wanted to understand what would make an animal do this. Rosanne Parry not only wondered, she wrote the story from the wolf’s
Kim Merrick
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story! This is exactly the kind of story I loved reading when I was a kid! This was a beautifully written story about a wolf's incredible journey to find a place to call home. I loved the way the author told the story from the wolf's point of view and created a story that made you really care about the wolf and what happens to him. I also love that this whole story is based off of the true story of a wolf named OR-7 (or Journey). I am a huge fan of conservation and protec ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
A Wolf Called Wander is based on the true story of OR-7, or Journey, a wolf who traveled over 1,000 miles in the Pacific northwest in search of home. In this tale, Swift is the wolf determined to survive. The fastest of all his siblings, he dreams of leading a pack of his own. But after rivals threaten his family, Swift finds himself alone in the chaos. Facing hunters, highways, forest fires, and hunger, the wolf journeys relentlessly, longing for family and the mountains of home. Inspiring reve ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful story places the reader squarely in the mind of a wolf separated from his pack. Inspired by the true life events of an actual wolf named ‘Or-7’ aka ‘Journey,’ Rosanne Parry deftly imagines the trek of a pack animal thrust into a solitary challenge. Parry does not shy away from what it means to be a high-tier carnivore. Hunting is visceral and thankfully Parry depicts these scenes with respect for all animals in the food chain as well as accuracy.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here is a beautiful, harrowing middle-grade tale that reads like a classic. Experience a human's educated guess at what life may be like inside the mind of a wolf. Follow Swift through adversity, heartache and over a journey of hundreds of miles to find what he desires more than food and territory--his pack. A middle-grade must read. If you loved The One and Only Ivan, check this out.
Rachael Bookfairs
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just finished this book based on a young male wolf who travelled from North Eastern Oregon into CA becoming the first Grey Wolf in CA since their eradication. This is a quick and easy read told first person from the wolf’s point of view. It’s charming & enjoyable. Looking forward to the finished copy with art work & end notes about OR-7/Journey.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a lovely, accessible book, but there is simply too much death for me to be able to enjoy it myself or recommend it to other readers. I will review this book more fully on my blog at a later time. (Blog found at )
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent story with a clear voice and plenty of interesting facts about wolves. Good adventure, but it is unflinching about the realities of life in the wild.
Munro's Kids
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An exciting and relatively unflinching look at a the journey of a lone wolf. Clear and touching, this would be a great read for any nature lover. ~ Emilee
Charles Hunger
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An easy read. Kept interest until the end. Very well written. Excellent choice for young adult read.
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Hey there,
I'm the author of several novels for young readers, including the forthcoming LAST OF THE NAME (Ap 2019) from Learner and A WOLF CALLED WANDER (May 2019) from Greenwillow.

All of my books have won awards, some of them bunches of awards, and obviously I'm proud of them all, so go look at the website for unbridled bragging.

I write because I love the power of story to illuminate and uplift